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Rate Rebates

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons in Scotland were in receipt of a rate rebate in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many of these were local authority tenants, Scottish Special Housing Association tenants, private-sector tenants, and owner-occupiers, respectively.

The information, for 1980–81, is as follows:

Number of rate rebate recipients
Local authority tenants273,516
Owner-occupiers99,863
Other*41,191
Total414,570
* Includes Scottish Special Housing Association and private sector tenants not separately identifiable.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many tenants of public-sector houses in Scotland were in receipt of rent rebates at the latest convenient date.

Information on the number of rent rebate recipients at September 1980 is published on pages 26 and 27 of Scottish Housing Statistics No. 12, which is available in the Library.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total cost of rent rebates in Scotland for the latest convenient period; and what percentage this represents of the total national cost of rent rebates.

The annual cost of rent rebates to public sector tenants in Scotland is estimated at £45 million in 1980–81. This represents about 15 per cent. of the total payments of rent rebates to public sector tenants in Great Britain. These figures do not take account of support towards housing costs paid through supplementary benefit.